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by Kallithrix
Wed August 1st, 2012, 3:26 pm
Forum: Chat
Topic: Historical Novels are trash??
Replies: 32
Views: 3984

I totally agree...

...with his opinion. 'By and large historical novels are just pulp fiction with a historical setting.' This is true - most HF is exactly this. Not that I'm ashamed of liking it for that reason, but if I wanted to read something factual and edifying, I'd go sink my teeth into an academic tome. 'The f...
by Kallithrix
Sat October 2nd, 2010, 10:40 pm
Forum: Ancient
Topic: Alexander the Great and Ancient Greek Warfare
Replies: 42
Views: 6305

[quote=""Eigon""]Wow! You do Ancient Greek re-enactment, Kallithrix? I was most impressed, a few years ago, by an Ancient Greek group doing drill - in Greek - at a multi-period show at the Royal Kent Showground.[/quote] Hey, that was us! Well, I've only been doing it since 2009 so if it was before t...
by Kallithrix
Mon June 21st, 2010, 2:22 pm
Forum: Ancient
Topic: Alexander the Great and Ancient Greek Warfare
Replies: 42
Views: 6305

Donald Kagan...?

What's he been up to now then? Haven't really been keeping up with the latest academic publications since I left uni, but I do remember some very late nights with dear old Don back when I was young and enthusiastic.... shall have to give it a look :-) Thucydides will certainly keep me busy for a whi...
by Kallithrix
Sun June 20th, 2010, 6:44 pm
Forum: Ancient
Topic: Alexander the Great and Ancient Greek Warfare
Replies: 42
Views: 6305

I was intrigued by the prospect of Mary Renault's take on Alkibiades, so I've just bought Last of the Wine. But then I decided I had to go back and read Thucydides again before I start an historical novel of the period, so that's what I'm ploughing through at the moment!
by Kallithrix
Tue May 25th, 2010, 2:48 pm
Forum: Ancient
Topic: Alexander the Great and Ancient Greek Warfare
Replies: 42
Views: 6305

Romans and eagles and Celts, oh my!

Hey Annis I did look up Rosemary Sutcliff on Amazon and the Eagle of the Ninth came up with quite a few entries, and I knew it sounded familiar for some reason... Although I've been a bit put off 'sword and sandals' epics by recent Hollywood efforts (CGI-tastic Clash of the Titans? pffft! Give me pl...
by Kallithrix
Mon May 24th, 2010, 12:26 pm
Forum: Ancient
Topic: Alexander the Great and Ancient Greek Warfare
Replies: 42
Views: 6305

Just for the novelty value...

Hey Annis Yes, I am writing a novel, which dominates most of my waking thoughts, so I had to mention it sooner or later! It's actually set in ancient Egypt, which for some reason captured my imagination while I was at Uni doing my Classics degree (perhaps because I was living with an Egyptology stud...
by Kallithrix
Sun May 23rd, 2010, 12:31 pm
Forum: Ancient
Topic: Alexander the Great and Ancient Greek Warfare
Replies: 42
Views: 6305

Scythians ex machina

Hey Annis, your observation about Cameron's portrayal of the Scythians is really interesting, and you're probably right about it freeing up his creativity to let the story flow better. In some ways the little we actually know about the Scythians is a blessing and a curse, because by interpreting the...
by Kallithrix
Sun May 23rd, 2010, 12:10 am
Forum: Ancient
Topic: Alexander the Great and Ancient Greek Warfare
Replies: 42
Views: 6305

Thanks Annis, that was really useful to get your view. And you instantly hit upon my greatest niggle with Cameron's style, which is the constant expositional asides in his narrative. The information he gives us is useful and to an extent necessary, but it is conveyed in such a clumsy way that it gra...
by Kallithrix
Thu May 20th, 2010, 7:12 pm
Forum: Ancient
Topic: Alexander the Great and Ancient Greek Warfare
Replies: 42
Views: 6305

No need to get defensive

Annis, I never asked you to justify yourself, I merely expressed my opinion. I make no apologies for doing so, and it appears neither do you, so we should understand each other. Getting petulant gets us nowhere. Perhaps what I should have said was that I was disappointed not to see your critical tho...
by Kallithrix
Wed May 19th, 2010, 10:00 am
Forum: Ancient
Topic: Alexander the Great and Ancient Greek Warfare
Replies: 42
Views: 6305

No offence intended!

Margaret, I certainly didn't mean to imply that Annis had plagiarised the jacket blurb, I was simply expressing my view that the review was more descriptive of the plot details than a critique of the novel, which is not what I would normally expect from a review. Annis, I take on board your comment ...

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